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Tithing

I have often heard others excuse financially unstable people (such as college students) from giving 10 percent to the church. By not tithing today they are possibly avoiding debt (also a biblical principle) and can make up for lack of tithing once stable.  Especially under tighter financial circumstances, should tithing 10 percent be a guideline […]

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Missions in India: Our Congregation’s Joy

The mission field that the Lord has given to Georgetown PRC can be described in one word—joy. You may find that to be an unusual way to describe this work of God. There has always been much work involved for us in his providence. And there have been many struggles and painful lessons. There has […]

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Foreign Missions in the Philippines

Introduction  After several years of investigation and development by the Foreign Mission Committee (FMC), in 2001 our PRCA synod approved the proposal of the FMC that a mission field be opened in the Philippines, with the Doon PRC as the calling church. Since then, Rev. Audred Spriensma (2002–7), Rev. Daniel Kleyn (2009–23), Rev. Daniel Holstege […]

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Contacts and Outreach in Mexico

In August 2018 a group from First Protestant Reformed Church set out on a trip to Mexico City. The catalyst for this adventure was Doner Bartolon, a former member of our congregation who had deep roots in Mexico. Doner’s connections, both online and from past relationships, with churches south of the border paved the way […]

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Post-Nicene Western Fathers: Hilary, Ambrose, Jerome

Studying the ancient church fathers, young people learn important doctrinal and practical lessons. This has been our theme in 2023. Before concluding next month, we briefly note three men who shared two characteristics. First, they lived after the Council of Nicea (AD 325). Second, they served the church in western Europe; most men we studied […]

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Church Abroad

The body of Christ is a diverse group of people gathered out of every nation across our world. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this fact in the local churches where we worship each week. Most churches in the Protestant Reformed denomination are relatively homogeneous, made up of primarily middle-class people from Dutch […]

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One Holy Catholic Church

“I believe an holy catholic church.”  Every week believers in Christian churches around the world make this confession by reciting the Apostle’s Creed. Even if they don’t recite or hear it as part of their regular worship services, all true Christians believe this statement because the Apostle’s Creed is one of the ecumenical creeds of […]

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